For immediate release | July 25, 2011

LITA announces two upcoming online learning courses

CHICAGO - The Library and Information Technology Association is pleased to announce two upcoming Web education opportunities. The Web course, “Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs” will be presented Aug. 22-26, and the webinar “Roadmap to JPEG2000” will be offered Sept. 13.

From 10 a.m. - noon CDT, Aug. 22 through 26, Jason Clark (Montana State University) will present the Web course “Creating Library Web Services: Mashups and APIs.” This five-day course will help participants learn how to bring pieces of the Web together with library data: delicious subject guides, Flickr library displays and YouTube library orientation. Learn what an API is and what it does, the components of Web services, how to build a mashup, how to work with PHP and how to create web services for your library. This course is synchronous with a daily lecture followed by a hands-on exercise.

Also available from noon - 1:30 p.m. CDT on Sept. 13, is the webinar "Roadmap to JPEG2000," presented by Bill Comstock (Harvard University), Gretchen Gueguen (University of Virginia) and Andrew Laas (Proquest). Each presenter will outline the steps in their workflow process and the settings and standards they are using, as well as their hardware, software and environment. The session will go beyond previous theoretical questions of "what" and "why" to begin the discussion of "how." By sharing the practices that are emerging in various institutions, the webinar can help those struggling to overcome this barrier to be able to enjoy the many benefits JPEG2000 can offer.

Additional information and registration for these programs are available at

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) members are information technology professionals dedicated to educating, serving and reaching out to the entire library and information community. LITA is a division of the American Library Association.


Melissa Prentice